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1920 - November 30, 2012 Obituary Condolences
Ann Colyer Rook

1920 ~ 2012

CARMEL, CA - Ann Colyer Rook died on November 30, 2012 while gardening at her home. Ann was 92. She has been a resident on the Monterey Peninsula since 1978, first a resident of Pacific Grove and for the past 30 years in Carmel.

Born Elizabeth Ann Colyer in 1920 in Pasadena, she was the youngest of three children born to Harry A. and Elizabeth Colyer. She grew up in San Marino, California, attended Polytechnic School in Pasadena and later Spence School in New York City. She attended Mills College, earning a BA degree in Psychology and was Student Body President in her senior year.

She married Charles Alexander Rook in 1942 and they subsequently raised three boys in San Marino, CA. She was an avid sports fan, taking her sons to numerous sporting events. On their weekends for over 20 years she and Charlie and the sons were involved in the sailing community at the Balboa Yacht Club in Newport Beach.

Ann spent five years as a court advocate working with the families of mentally ill and developmentally disabled patients at the Camarillo State Hospital. Later she worked 10 years at Port O' Call in Pasadena as both a sales person and later a buyer. After moving to the Monterey Peninsula, she spent 17 years as a sales person and buyer at Derek Rayne in Carmel and five years in sales at the Carmel Dress Shop. She was also active with the Carmel Foundation, the Carmel Library, the Point Lobos Foundation and the Monterey Aquarium.

For many years Ann was the glue for the Colyer Clan and kept on top of her son's activities. She was also an avid watcher of both men's and women's sports up to her death. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles and son, William as well as brothers, Samuel and Thomas. She is survived by her sons, Thomas (Barbara) of Seattle, WA and James (Robin) of Rio Rancho, NM. She also has four grandchildren: Michael, Jeffrey (Lauren), Julie and Jason, as well as two great-grandsons, Liam and Anderson.

There will be no services and her ashes will be spread off the Monterey Peninsula coast.

Remembrances may be made to the Carmel Foundation, P.O. Box 1050, Carmel, CA 93921.
Published in The Monterey Herald on Jan. 27, 2013
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